Carrie Mae Weems, “Meet Me At The Edge Of The World,” 2018.

Carrie Mae Weems, Meet Me At The Edge Of The World (2018).

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) announces the theme and participants for the 3rd CCA Biennial, 2018, Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival. Curated by CCA Director, Timothy Murray, the 2018 CCA Biennial features Carrie Mae Weems, Xu Bing, Ni’Ja Whitson, Richard Lin, Ruby Chishti and 18 installations and performances across the Cornell campus, Ithaca, New York, from August 11 to December 23.

The aim of Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival is to stage artistic environments that might provoke conversation about the persistence of passage, from environments to communities, while emphasizing the challenge of survival in hostile socio-ecological climates.

Duration can be “short” in its transience, ephemerality, volatility, and perishability. And it can be “long” in its durability, endurance, steadfastness, longevity, and survival. Projects ponder the temporality of indigenous culture, the morphing of bio and animal, the “long durée” of gradual historical alterations, transitions of global cyber culture, slowness of painting and reading, contemplations of the built environment, the “deep time” of ecology and the volatile encroachment of global warming, and the historical resonance of “passage” with contemporary imperatives of persistence and survival under threatening cultural and political conditions.

Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival Launch Conference
September 28–29, Cornell Campus
Xu Bing and Carrie Mae Weems Plenary Lecturers
Friday, September 28, 4:30–6:30 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.
Saturday, September 29, 10–6:30 at the Milstein Hall, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Learn details about the 26 artists and curatorial team of the 3rd CCA Biennial 2018 at